A traffic stop along I-40 Sunday has led to the seizure of cash and left one man facing a series of unrelated charges.
According to Capt. Eric Pope, a deputy with Sampson County’s Criminal Interdiction Team stopped a burgundy four-door Mitsubishi Galant on I-40, near mile marker 348 around 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, for a traffic violation. During the stop, a sheriff’s K-9 officer alerted on the vehicle and led to the discovery of $6,500 in cash that was hidden in the car.
Neither the driver of the vehicle nor the passenger admitted knowledge of the cash, which was seized according to federal laws.
The driver, Pope said, was released; however the passenger, Stevie Lanier, 32, of Teachey, was taken into custody after it was discovered that he had outstanding warrants from Onslow County.
Lanier was charged with failure to appear on charges of no operator’s license and improper turn. He was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under a $500 bond.